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Day 2: New York City

July 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Of course as expected, this morning around 4AM all of us were awake. And it did not look like we, either of us, would fall asleep again.

Better enjoy the view while it’s still dark outside. Then yet again to try to sleep.

Unexpectedly, we’ve all fallen back asleep and didn’t wake again until about half past seven! Not bad!

So make sure that we all get dressed quickly, so we could have breakfast.

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*A room with a view*

Breakfast was not bad. We could choose from the menu. Miriam and I opted for an omelette and the children wanted scrambled eggs with sausage and hashbrowns. It all tasted really good.

After breakfast we quickly grabbed our stuff from our hotel room, and after that we went outside, where it was pretty hot. It promises to become a hot day again.

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First a small ‘business trip’: a visit to the American Girl Store. This was on 5th Avenue.

Miriam didn’t know where to look first, this was a world unto itself. Girls who come to this place to pamper their dolls in a real barbershop. Or a new outfit for their doll… And the same outfit for themselves! A hospital for dolls (such as when brother-dearest has (mis)handled the doll), but that happens, for understandable reasons, “behind the scenes”!

I doubted whether I’d buy an American Girl doll. It was very tempting. But on the other hand, I already have one at home…

Because we are expected at about 11am at Pier 83 for a Circle Line Semi Circle Cruise, maybe tonight we’ll come back. At least Miriam will have as much time to think about whether there will be a new doll. What to do, because these dolls are not very cheap.

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To enjoy New York to the max, we decided to walk to the pier. That way we also saw a bit along the way.

Geordi posed for a photo with a real New York police officer. He thought it was really cool! The officer even let him wear his hat.

Around half past ten we were at the pier and had to register to receive ticket for our voucher. From 11am we could board the boat.

We just sat by the fountain. And Geordi and Samantha wanted to play there. Fine, but take little care so you do not get completely soaked …

I think Geordi’s picture says enough …

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*Rockefeller Centre*
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So by now it was time to go to the boat. We just were not the only ones who had that idea. A super long line was already there before the entrance to the pier. Ooops… And it didn’t really go fast, because first each group had to have a picture made. Photo could not be skipped according to the lady who tried to get everything on the “right” track. So there was nothing for it but to wait in the long line.

Apparently, Mrs Line-bitch now too realized that at this rate half the people would miss the cruise… Suddenly no pictures are to be made unless you want it, and the queue went much faster. We sit outside. Whether it is, considering the warm sun, prudent?…. On the other hand … we would also like to see something.

Cruise was fun. Not too short and certainly not too long. We came past Ellis Island, Liberty Island (Statue of Liberty), Brooklin Bridge and of course do not forget the impressive skyline of New York!

You could buy a souvenir mug on board and fill them as often as you wanted. But a quick charge of $ 28 for drinks, we found quite pricey. And we found it actually very Dutch to buy a cup and share… Only when we looked around us … almost everyone was doing that. So… then we bought that cup (and refilled it very regularly!)

Once back on land we are on 42nd Street, so we walked towards our hotel. On the way we made a welcome stop at Applebee’s for a good Chilli Nacho’s and some Burger Sliders. Tasted really nice again.

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Back on the Times Square we headed for Toys’ R Us. We are looking for the Lego Space shuttle for Geordi. But my goodness what was this terribly busy and extremely commercially set up. Unfortunately we could not find what we wanted, so we went back outside.

The kids loved the indoor fun, but also thought it too busy.

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*Times Square*

Back at the hotel we freshened up a bit. Maybe in hindsight it was   indeed unwise to sit outside during the cruise. Both Miriam and I are pretty red. But we have seen a lot!

Around 4PM we went back on the road, around 16:30 we were expected at the Heliport.

We decided to take a taxi. That was a little easier and we also saw a little more of the city. A fact is that we’re seeing much more of the city than a few years ago! But then we actually had not really prepared for a visit to New York. The hotel we were in was not really good. It was nice to be able to say that we visited New York, but beyond that…

Now we really enjoy it thoroughly.

We had told the kids that in New York they would get a surprise for their nice reports. Explained that they should not whine and we would tell them when the time came. They really had no idea.

When we got to Pier 6, the heliport, and they were told this was their surprise, they were pleasantly surprised! This was really hip and cool.

Inside we got a sticker stuck on our chests, we got a pouch with a lifejacket around our waists and were very quickly led to the helicopter. This was certainly not a half hours worth of safety instructions, as we weere told by phone. Just before half past four we already flew away in the helicopter.

This was really great and far too short. We flew past the Statue of Liberty and along the skyline of New York. Really seen much from the air. We had a very friendly (Irish) pilot who told us a lot.

The children (and us) thought it was really great. Now we have seen New York City “by sea” and “by air”. Only New York ‘by land’ is left: Top of the Rocks.

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*Ground Zero*

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*Central Park*

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Before we return to our hotel, we went to Battery Park. There was a very pleasant breeze. Enjoyed the view there.

After walking around we decided to go back to the hotel by taxi. Miriam had a laugh. There was an empty taxi passing by and she raised her hand in the air … He could just brake, with squealing tires, in time… The kids almost doubled over from laughter!

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In the evening we had dinner at TGI Friday’s on 42nd Street. The food was great, too bad we weren’t too hungry, but the service was not like we are accustomed to at TGI.

After dinner we returned to the American Girl Store. Now would Miriam have bought that doll? She had doubts, even considerable doubt. And decided to just buy an accessory kit and no new doll. Samantha was quite a bit (very) disappointed and even considered whether to buy it from her own mone. But after a little chat with her, she realized it is quite a lot of money for a doll she is probably not going to play with too much, given her age. She was very sad, crying even, which made Miriam doubt whether she should… But she decided to stick with her earlier decision and did not do it.

So much for the American Girl adventure, it was quite an experience!

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Outside it was already dark and we had a visit to Rockefeller Center on the program. First we converted our voucher to tickets, but that was done easily. Line up at “the Top of the Rocks’ to to the top lasted a lot longer! The view of a light specked New York was great and we enjoyed it immensely.

So by now we though we’d had enough fun for today. It has been a long day and we were pretty much dead.

At our leisure we walked back to our hotel.

The kids were pretty tired (as were we). Miriam’s feet and legs wanted only to be left in peace.

Tomorrow we leave New York for Canada.

But for now, Good night!

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tinnetam // Jul 26, 2010 at 13:07

    Wow, wat een gave 2e dag hebben jullie achter de rug ! Ik begin er steeds meer van overtuigd te raken dat stedentrips ook met jongere kinderen goed te doen zijn. Het is een kwestie van goed voorbereiden en dat hebben jullie top gedaan !

    Ik denk trouwens dat ik die pop bij American girl niet had kunnen laten staan 🙂 Mijn god wat een te gekke winkel lijkt me dat.

    Veel plezier vandaag tijdens jullie trip naar Canada. Ik kik nu al uit naar het volgende verslag.

  • 2 MattRob (Robert-Jan) // Jul 28, 2010 at 06:07

    Wauw, wat een lange dag gelijk al 😉 ! Komt me bekend voor, maar jullie hebben er wel iets heel bijzonders van gemaakt, met de heikopter tour erbij !